Many of Frank Packer's photographs from the early 20th century are now in the care of the Picture Oxon, a department of the Oxfordshire Country Council, from whom copies of such photographs may be purchased. Enter 'Packer Swerford' in the Search box to see what they hold. Click for the Picture Oxon website.
Swerford Castle excavations:
The Martyn Jope papers on Swerford Castle are now deposited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
A free resource for information on births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales is provided by FreeBMD, although this is still incomplete. Other useful sites include the International Genealogical Index of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (also free) and The Genealogist web site, for on-line census records (by subscription).
We are also extremely grateful to Don Knibbs, who provided information on the Knibbs family who lived in Blue Row for a large part of the nineteenth century. He has also been kind enough to allow this link to the Knibbs web site.
Underneath the picture you will find here, click on locations, and scroll down to England, Oxfordshire, Swerford. There you will find many, many names associated with Swerford over the years. This is a wonderful research resource. The Knibbs family seem to have originated in the late 1500s in Adderbury, then Deddington, and Cropredy, spreading around the area, and first appeared in the Chipping Norton and Charlbury areas in the early 18th century. Right at the end of the 18th century, the first birth in the Knibbs family in Swerford was recorded. There were still Knibbses around Chipping Norton until 1966, - by which time the family was dispersed all over the world, especially in the USA, South Africa and Australia.
Not only is there a lot of history about William Knibbs, but also some photographs including Caroline Knibbs who lived at Blue Row. (Other branches of the Knibbs family came from nearby Hook Norton, Deddington, Chipping Norton, Banbury, Charlbury, Cropredy etc.)
There are many places to find out more about old maps, or obtain copies. For example, the Ordnance Survey (OS), or the British library, the famous Stanfords shop in London, or the Old Map Company.
However, another way to access the OS historical maps in a rather easier to access way is via the National Library of Scotland
Other info to be provided shortly including:
Rural life site: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1014748